The 17th Annual Plaquemine July 4th Hometown Celebration marks our nation’s independence with a boat parade honoring veterans, music, plenty of children’s activities, music and dancing on the boardwalk, and, of course, a fantastic fireworks display at 9 p.m.
The celebration will be held on July 4 from 5 until 9 p.m. at the beautiful Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, and is sponsored by the City of Plaquemine Main Street Program. The Plaquemine Lock Historic Site, located adjacent to the park, will be open with free tours from 3 until 7 p.m., and the Iberville Museum, located on Main Street, will be open with free admission from 3 until 7 p.m. Artist Julie Buckner will be drawing free caricatures and free arts and crafts will be offered for kids at the Museum.
Activities kick off at the Waterfront Park with kids’ games and rides, arts and crafts booths, food and drinks, and the music of the Eddie Smith Band.
The boat parade departs from the boat landing on Bayou Road across from the Iberville Parish Jail at 5:30 p.m. It arrives at the Waterfront Park at about 5:50 p.m. The boat parade grand marshals are area veterans, and all of the boats are encouraged to be decorated in patriotic colors. There is no fee to participate in the boat parade, and boats can be docked at the Waterfront Park.
A brief ceremony to honor the veterans serving as grand marshals begins at 6 p.m. More music and dancing on the boardwalk follows, with a jitterbug dance contest at 7 p.m. The festivities end with a dramatic fireworks display over the bayou at 9 p.m.
Vendors can get information on booths by calling the City of Plaquemine at 225.687.3116. No ice chests, tents, fireworks or pets are allowed at the Waterfront Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Shown are photos from the 16th Annual Hometown Celebration held in 2016.